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Odean Pope

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Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of Music and Benjamin Franklin High School's music program. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Ray Bryant, Bill Barron, Kenny Barron, Archie Shepp, Jymie Merritt, Jimmy Garrison, Philly Joe Jones and Dizzy Gillespie

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Black Saint And Soul Note Labels

Read "The Black Saint And Soul Note Labels" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Since 1975, the Black Saint and Soul Note record labels have been a major force in documenting the growth of American avant-garde jazz. This program samples two hours of music from their diverse catalog. It includes work from artists who had long associations with the labels such as Muhal Richard Abrams and David Murray as well ...

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Article: Profile

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Requiem (And Praise) For A Heavyweight Pianist

Read "Hasaan Ibn Ali: Requiem (And Praise) For A Heavyweight Pianist" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


"The new release of Hasaan's Retrospect In Retirement Of Delay: The Solo Recordings (Omnivore Recordings, 2021), which features him in privately recorded performances from 1962 to 1965, reveals his profundity, his overwhelming power, his mighty virtuosity. It does more than put him on the map of jazz history—it expands the map to include the vast expanse ...

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News: Radio

Philadelphia's WRTI 90.1 launches fascinating new podcast about the history of jazz in Denmark

Philadelphia's WRTI 90.1 launches fascinating new podcast about the history of jazz in Denmark

WRTI is proud to announce the launch of Dangerous Sounds, an eight-episode podcast series on WRTI.org. Based on the award-winning Danish podcast Dangerous Tones—The Story of Danish Jazz, Dangerous Sounds is the English-language version presented by WRTI in collaboration with JazzDanmark, the national Danish organization for jazz. “This revealing new Dangerous Sounds series showcases a powerful ...

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Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

Label: Omnivore Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Atlantic Ones; Viceroy; El Hasaan; Richard May Love Give Powell; Metaphysics; Epitome; True Train; True Train (Short Version); Viceroy (Short Version); Atlantic Ones (Short Version).

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today! Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of ...

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Article: Album Review

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

Read "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" reviewed by Doug Collette


It has been years since the woefully unsung pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali recorded Metaphysics and, while its circuitous route to release is worth more than a little note, that story seems to have taken precedence over insight into and observation of the music itself. In keeping with its customarily astute archival approach, the Omnivore curating team ...

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Article: Album Review

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

Read "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The hard bop, Philadelphia pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali had a short, troubled life. On what was believed his only recording, The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan (Atlantic, 1965), the drummer placed Ali's full image front and center, his name in a larger font on the LP cover. Within the Philadelphia jazz community, he was ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today! Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!

Read "Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A hundred years ago, on August 29, 1920, soon after jazz was born, Charlie Parker came into this world, and in the 35 years of a life cut short by addictions and impulse-driven living, he changed the face of the music. His innovations as one of the creators of bebop and his stunning sound and virtuosic ...


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